ISB Interactive Molecular Playground

Craig Martin, Chemistry, and emeritus professors Allen Hanson, Computer Science, and Eric Martz, Microbiology, and Adam Williams, a graduate student in Computer Science, have developed an Interactive Molecular Playground for the ISB lobby.

The exhibit features colorful 3-D models of familiar compounds such as the antigen that causes the allergic reaction to peanuts, hemoglobin, glucose, vitamin D, insulin, caffeine and a variety of drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, plus their binding sites in proteins in the brain, bloodstream and elsewhere.

Images, projected on a 6-by-9-foot wall and a shadow-sensing infrared camera, will detect an observer's hand motions, allowing "players" to push, rotate and resize the molecular image at will.

The exhibit was funded by a grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation and all the members of the College Advisory Committee of the former College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.